• Because most curricula rely on auditory teaching methods (reading, worksheets,
listening to lecture), child appears to have memory issues.
• A child who is using too much energy for focus/
attention can also appear to have a poor memory.
5. Tongue Twisters
• Ordering sounds is hard, so child says words like
• Child avoids saying harder words in conversation.
6. Understanding Verbal Directions
• When a
child asks for directions to be repeated much, or says “What?” a lot, it can
be a focus/attention issue or an auditory issue, if many other symptoms are present.
Not all of these symptoms need to be present to have an auditory processing dysfunction. The more severe the issue, the more symptoms will be present.
What to Do?
Homeschooling parents have found that they can make learning easier for their child
by doing two steps at home: bypassing and correcting. The child’s difficulty with
auditory processing of material can be bypassed by using more visual, right-brain
teaching methods. Let’s look at some of these successful methods that parents use at home to help their child “get in touch with the smart part of themselves.”
-Brain Sight Words This teaching technique involves imbedding the picture of the word onto the letters. Very struggling readers love this method because they can immediately remember the words to read and spell.
These words can be made at home . . . no expense!
-Brain Phonics For a struggling reader, an intensive phonics program is necessary. Because of the auditory processing problem, games, workbooks, writing, or black and white cards
often don’t transfer to easier reading. For my stu
dents in my Resource Reading class in school, I created a Right-Brain Phonics reading method, which uses the imbedding process. Using this method, I was able to see a two-year growth in my students, aged 7
14, in one year.
• Other Intensive Phonics Prog
In my experience with struggling readers who have a fairly severe auditory processing problem, I have found only five programs that seem to work well. If you would like a list of these five programs and their descriptions, just email me,
, and put “Alternative Phonics Programs” in the subject line.